It is July 2, 2014. Fifteen days ago was the last day of school. Fourteen days ago was my first official day of summer vacation! I am about seven and half weeks from the first day of school. So why am I already having dreams about the first day of school?
Last night I had a dream with unknown students sitting in front of me for the first day of school. Dream really is too kind. It was more like a nightmare. What could go wrong in class went wrong.
First of all, I was teaching fifth grade. I currently teach seventh and eighth grade social studies. I have not taught fifth grade in well over twenty years, so I was flustered because I was unfamiliar with the fifth grade curriculum. Not only was I teaching fifth grade, I was in a self contained classroom. That means I would teach all subjects.
As I was writing something on the chart paper, a student answered a phone call on his cell phone in class. I tried to confiscate the cell phone to no avail. I walked over to the student to quietly ask him to turn in his phone and let him know about the school's cell phone policy. While I was trying to get the phone from the student, two boys got into a fight and three others started throwing things around the room. I had lost control of the class and we were only twenty minutes in to the first day of school. Ultimately, I had to call in reinforcements from the office to come and help.
This catastrophe of a class continued to escalate, students were screaming and jumping over desks. I felt like an utter failure. Eventually, I awoke from this nightmare wondering why I was already dreaming about school.
I think it is time for some r and r at the beach
I am a future empty-nester with two boys, a husband and a passion for writing, creating and teaching. I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in Massachusetts. I am a self proclaimed history geek and proud of it! In my spare time ( Spare time, ha ha that's a joke! ) I enjoy photography, reading and hanging out with my family.